A fluorescent tube anemone photo has won first prize in the underwater category of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest.

The photographer behind the winning image, Jim Obester of Vancouver, Washington, won first place in the Underwater category for the vivid picture.

“Blue-filtered strobe lights stimulate fluorescent pigments in the clear tentacles of a tube-dwelling anemone in Hood Canal, Washington,” read the caption from Obester.

Second place in the underwater category went to Shane Gross with his image of a Caribbean Reef Shark, while Michael O’Neill took third place with a night dive shot of a flying fish. The Underwater People’s Choice award went to Matthew Smith for a striking picture of a sun-lit Portuguese man-of-war.

Selected from over 11,000 entries, a wildlife photo of an orangutan crossing a river in Indonesia’s Tanjung Puting National Park was selected as the grand-prize winner of the 2017 contest.

The photo, titled “Face to face in a river in Borneo,” was captured by Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan of Singapore. He has won $10,000 and will have his winning image published in an upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine and featured on the @NatGeo Instagram account.

Contestants submitted photographs in four categories – Wildlife, Landscape, Aerials and Underwater – through National Geographic’s photography community, Your Shot.

All of the winning photos, along with the honorable mentions, may be viewed at natgeo.com/photocontest.



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